Perversion for Profit (Part I)
- Publication date
- ca. 1964 - 1965
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- Citizens for Decent Literature, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Often quite humorous film which purports to speak about cultural mores and their decline; advises us to be wary of pornography which may appear at the local newstand, malt shop or drugstore. In reaction to perception of substantial growth in the distribution of pornographic material. Homosexuality is considered pornographic per se.Shows frank images often with censoring black bars across them [the bars often obscure very little, simply adding to the air of licentious ness]. "For the sake of decency in this film we have partially covered the pictures and disguised the identity of the models." Excellent footage of magazine covers. Striking art cards like the octopus shown as the symbol of pornography and its mass distribution.Four kinds of magazines shown: girlie, nudist, physique; men's adventure. And cheap paperback exploitation novels. Rare footage of gay men's magazine covers and interiors including "ONE" subtitled"The Homosexual Viewpoint" May, 1959.Voiceovers:"A flood tide of filth is engulfing our country in the form of newstand obscenity, it is threatening to pervert an entire generation of our American children."Children are the target market:"We know that once a person is perverted, it is practically impossible for that person to revert to normal attitudes in regard to sex." "No matter who buys this material 75 to 90% of t ends up in the hands of our children."Modern technology lends itself to the promulgation of decadence:"Never in the history of the world have the merchants of obscenity, the teachers of unnatural sex acts had available to them the modern facilities for disseminating this filth. High-speed presses, rapid transportation, mass distribution all have combined to put this violent obscenity within the reach of every man, woman and child in the country.""Through this material, today's youth can be stimulated to sexual activity for which he has no legitimate outlet. He is even enticed to enter the world of homosexuals, lesbians, sadists, masochists and other sex deviants.""They [pornographic magazines] constantly portray abnormal sexual behavior as normal; they glorify unnatural sex acts; they tell youngsters that it's smart, it's thrilling; it provides kicks to be a homosexual, a sadist and every other kind of deviant."Community leaders and medical establishment agree about link of pornography to moral decay of country. This weakening also leads to vulnerablity to Communism."The military chaplains association of the United States, practically every major fraternal, civic and religious organization, the juvenile court judges, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, innumerable psychiatrists, sociologists, and psychologists attribute the moral decay among our people in very large part to the obscene and pornographic literature so prevalent in our society. This moral decay weakens our resistance to the onslaught of the Communist masters of deceit."Discussion of nudist magazines: "Very few blind people join the nudist colonies." "A young boy in Philadelphia raped and killed a five-year old girl." He testified "that he had been stimulated to this heinous crime by reading a nudist magazine."Prolonged exposure to physique magazines puts even "normal" males at risk of becoming perverts (homosexuals). Today's conquest is tommorow's competition: supposed homosexual slogan.Pornography and "fun" lead to illegitimate children and hefty financial burden on taxpayers."Life is presented as fun. This warped idea of fun has contributed to the fact that one out of every twenty children born in the United States last year was illegitimate. The care of these children cost taxpayers one billion dollars." Rise of VD, crime, violence."Sex-mad magazines are helping to create criminals faster than we can build jails to house them."Also shown is a plan for community organizing campaign.Contacting merchants; writing letters; checking your home etc. "The law is our weapon." "Report objectionable materials to the police."Last line of film "Oh God, deliver us, America, from evil." Art card comes up which says the same. Sponsored by Charles H. Keating, Jr. (yes, the banker implicated in the savings-and-loan scandals) as part of his long-lasting crusade against pornography, Perversion for Profit links sexually explicit media with homosexuality, lesbianism, violent crime, the Communist conspiracy and Satan. Perversion for Profit was produced by Citizens for Decent Literature, Inc. (CDL), an nonprofit organization incorporated in the late fifties by Keating and two other Cincinnatians. As the "Sex and Censorship Chronology" on this disc relates, CDL's anti-obscenity activities began in the Cincinnati area. As the organization evolved, it began to assist police, prosecutors and citizens elsewhere to enforce existing obscenity laws and to promulgate new legislation against sexually oriented speech and media. This film was made to support this effort throughout the country, and was available to interested groups at no charge. In its early years CDL was closely tied to organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic anti-Communist movement. Later, as the religious and political right gained influence during the Reagan administration, CDL shared staff and coordinated activities with powerful groups like Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority and Donald Wildmon's American Family Association. Despite its prominence, though, CDL's development was always linked to the varying fortunes of Charles H. Keating, Jr. P for P's narrator, conservative Los Angeles television newscaster George Putnam, wearing a silvery silk tie and a dark pinstriped suit, intones: "I'd like to begin with a fact. A simple, yet shocking fact. It is this. A floodtide of filth is engulfing our country in the form of newsstand obscenity. It is threatening to pervert an entire generation of our American children. We know that once a person is perverted, it is practically impossible for that person to adjust to normal attitudes in regard to sex." This complex film draws on dark and deeply felt American insecurities about sex. Building its prejudices around a few core truths (that children don't have a context with which to understand pornography, that the subject matter of pornography is often violent, that pornography is a hugely profitable business), it advocates positioning the "God-given gift of sex" as an invisible, unreproducible sacrament. Though there are many reasons why this film condemns pornography, one of the most basic is that "through this material today's youth can be stimulated to sexual activity for which he has no legitimate outlet." Its message is not simply one of anti-obscenity and anti-pornography but a strident prohibition of youthful and "perverted" sexual expression. Perversion for Profit cites homosexuality as one of the most dangerous aspects of sexually explicit publications. Sexually explicit media is targeted for its presentation of homoerotic images, and its attack on gay and lesbian-themed materials is obsessive. "Once a person is perverted," says Putnam, "it is practically impossible for that person to adjust to normal attitudes in regard to sex." As we see numerous visual excerpts from men's "muscle" magazines, the narration states that "psychologists believe that prolonged exposure of even the normal male adult to this type of publication, though he may not be aware of its true nature, will nevertheless pervert." And Putnam sums up: "These homosexuals have a slogan that betrays the evil of the breed. 'Today's conquest,' they say, 'is tomorrow's competition.'" "For the sake of decency in this film, we have partially covered the pictures and disguised the identity of the models." Although this film boasts of its great pains to block out all the obscene portions of the examples it shows, the cumulative effect of its red censor bars and obsessional narration is to achieve new heights of prurience. Imagine, for a moment, some typical audiences: a middle-aged church group (I'm sure its makers considered the film too explicit to show to youngsters); a city council meeting in closed session; police officers; or perhaps suburban Rotarians and Jaycees. For most people seeing Perversion for Profit this was probably their first public encounter (and for some, their first personal one) with printed pornography, and I'd venture to say the film acquainted them about homosexuality to a degree of which they hadn't previously been aware. As Putnam says, "The psychiatric terms for these unnatural sex acts are unknown to most decent adults in our country." It's not possible, I think, to observe such a broad array of sexually oriented material from a distance without thinking about what these allusions are actually referencing. As Mr. and Mrs. America watched this movie, they must have shared a sweaty, tense, secretive, and fascinating experience. The narration bores on. "These magazines not only display complete nudity, they do so in a perverted manner....Such as this appeal to the sodomist, such as these shots which are typical of the preoccupation with the female breast, to the point that it has become a fetish. And this one, with its overtones of bestiality...and with lesbian implications." It appears the pornographers have found a perfect audience for their publications in the makers of Perversion for Profit. Interestingly, P for P prefigures today's hysteria about "cyberporn" and the availability of uncensored material on the Internet. Putnam invokes similar arguments: "Now, you might ask yourself, why this sudden concern? Pornography and sex deviation have always been with mankind. This is true. But now, consider another fact. Never in the history of the world have the merchants of obscenity, the teachers of unnatural sex acts, had available to them the modern facilities for disseminating this filth. High-speed presses, rapid transportation, mass distribution. All have combined to put the vilest obscenity within reach of every man, woman and child in the country." The magazines representing this "vilest obscenity" seem to be artifacts of a considerably more innocent era. Witness their titles: Jem, Rapture, Scamp, Torch, Dame, Hi-Life, Gentleman, Jade, Nightcap, Escapade, Mate, Swank, Mr., Rogue, Sextet, Nugget, Monsieur, Scene, Swinger, Taboo, Caper, Play, Fury, Ace, Adam, La Femme, Hit Show, Striparama, Follies, Fling, Gent, Spree, Modern Man, Bachelor, Gala, Chic, Plush, Frolic (all general men's magazines); Sun, American Sunbather, Sundial, Sunshine & Health, American Nudist Leader, Eden, Nude Living (nudist magazines); and Physique, One, Man Alive, Physique Pictorial, Mattachine Review, Male Classics, Olympic Arts, MANual, Male Physique, Tomorrow's Man, The Male Figure, Adonis, Grecian Guild Pictorial, Physique Artistry, MAN-ifique!, Trim, The Young Physique (all gay male). In a sequence that is difficult to ignore, Perversion for Profit attempts to link pornography and violence by invoking violent pornography. Putnam reads an excerpt from Sex Jungle, a pulp novel written from the viewpoint of a 16-year-old juvenile delinquent. In this passage, the boy muses over his experience with rape, drugs and assault. It's a difficult passage to listen to, but it's a critique of dehumanized violence rather than a critique of pornography. Putnam quotes "Dr. Sarokin, a renowned sociologist at Harvard," who describes how newsstand fiction and magazines "depict the world as a sort of human zoo, inhabited by raped, mutilated and murdered females, and by he-males, outmatching in bestiality cavemen, and outlusting the lustiest of animals. Male and female alike are hardened in cynical contempt of human life and values." The film touches on a critically important issue, but falls short of making any proposal other than simple censorship. On an apocalyptic note, Perversion for Profit ends. "This same type of rot and decay caused sixteen of the nineteen major civilizations to vanish from the earth. Magnificent Egypt, classical Greece, imperial Rome, all crumbled away. Not because of the strength of the aggressor, but because of moral decay from within. But we are in a unique position to cure our own ills. Our Constitution was written by men who put their trust in God, and founded a government based in His laws. These laws are on our side. We have a constitutional guarantee of protection against obscenity. And in this day especially we must seek to deliver ourselves from this twisting, torturing evil. We must save our nation from decay, and deliver our children from the horrors of perversion. We must make our land, the land of the free, a safe home. Oh God, deliver us Americans from evil." Fadeout. In essence, Perversion for Profit sexualizes anti-Communist conspiracy theories by linking them with the mere existence and ready availability of pornographic materials. Citing J. Edgar Hoover's ghostwritten anti-Communist "expos?," the narration states that "this moral decay weakens our resistance to the onslaught of the communist 'Masters of Deceit.'" Perversion for Profit also holds pornography responsible for other national crises: illegitimate birth, syphilis and gonorrhea, and crime in general. "Sex-mad magazines are helping to create criminals faster than we can build jails to house them." CDL made other films after Perversion for Profit: Printed Poison and Pages of Death were available from them well into the 1980s. Both dramatize violent crimes whose perpetrators were goaded to rape and kill by pornographic publications. Various supplements on this disc place CDL's films in context with its activities and outline the history of censorship of sexually explicit media. Many contemporary viewers may laugh at Perversion for Profit. Others may find some or all of its analysis and assertions right on target. Without a doubt, it often resembles a Nineties anti-pornography tract. But it's something more important than a manifesto or an object of ridicule. Despite its bombast, it forces us to examine our own feelings about pornography and its relation to power, crime and victimization. As a society, we have so far failed to come to terms with this issue, even after the expenditure of millions of words. But Perversion for Profit is disingenuous. It isn't simply an attack on pornography, but an attempt to lend legitimacy to the anti-Communist movement by invoking "decency," homophobia and the safety of children. It denies the creative and formative power of sexuality in our culture, because its cultural vision cannot encompass sexual desire outside of very limited channels. It promotes what is obviously a complex social agenda, but claims to be about one thing only: the abolition of pornography. No matter what truths they may contain, ultimately films like this stain the concepts of decency and morality.PORNOGRAPHY Danger Lurks<BR>
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Subject: Commie Pros
Subject: this is about capitalism
Subject: Must be talking about 'politicians'
Subject: Moralizing from a crook
Subject: Charles Keating the crook?
Subject: Highly Collectible
Subject: One of the Great Trollings of all time
Subject: Perversion for Profit (Part I)
At least George Putnam changed his stance.
Don't see the same for CHK jr.
I'm sure glad they got the "voice of the day" to say some stupid stuff we can edit up. ;)
Here's an edit speaking against sending children off to the World of Big Business Evil.
Subject: Amusing retro-scare film
Subject: Not much has really changed
Subject: what is pornography amyway?
Subject: Very heartening to see such effort
Subject: Oh! The Children!
right-wing newscaster of his day---kind of a proto-Limbaugh. It was financed by Charles Keating, who went to jail in the 80s for pertpetrating a gigantic S&L fraud that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions. Needles to say, the tone is semi-hysterical and the "facts"
bogus and unattributed. I've always been struck by the obsession right-wing moralists seem to have with sex. Maybe the prevalence of Republican and conservative "Christian" types among those caught up in sex scandals these days is no accident. While they were reaerching this film (assuming there WAS any research), Putnam and Keating should have asked one of the psychiatrists they cite as authorities to explain the concept of "projection."
Subject: Not BA-A-A-A-A-A-AD!
Attempting to fight porn by showing us porn, which included sexual situations that many at the time probably never knew was even possible.
Was American society really this screwed up back in the sixties?
Subject: It works
Subject: who agrees with this?
check out some great links on freedom:
Subject: Moral Panic (Part I)
I thought it was funny how inconsistent the editing was. Putnam shows "girly magazines" and sometimes blocks out parts and other times doesn't.
Subject: My immorality is good, yours is bad!!! (LOL)
I recommend this film to historians, as this film and Keating’s exploits demonstrate that not all the righteous people in this world are not always right.
Subject: provocative and prescient
with the internet as distribution, and the price of samplers free, outrageous perversions can be gorged upon by children and adults 24 hours a day.
communism is mentioned, but not the prominent role of jewish americans in the history of porno.
an excellent article by the esteemed journal "The Jewish Quarterly" glorifies this history:
"Triple-exthnics, Nathan Abrams on Jews in the American porn industry"
lest we forget the workings of the zionist nation israel, and it's use of porno as a weapon in it's subjugation of palestine:
Porn and Politics in Palestine (Reason Onlne, reason.com)
many thanks to the curators of archive.org for making this matterial (and the free discussion of it) available,
i urge all (western world) internet users to enjoy and appreciate our basically unlimited access to info that may displease the powers that be.
from chinese firewalls, to holocaust denial laws, to internet backbone filters for copyrighted materials (and the election by infomercial of unexperienced racist, demagogue ploiticians), the times they are a changing ...
Subject: George Putnam RIH
Subject: George Putnam RIP
Thank You for alerting us to the evils of 1960's smut, and a peek at the funny magazines.
Subject: This man is outraged
Outrage, I tell you!
Subject: Cui Bono? Or Who is Behind the Porn Industry (Besides Satan)?
"The connection between Jews and pornography is like the connection between Jews and Bolshevism. Both are forms of revolutionary activity, ultimately traceable to Jewish concepts that have been secularized. Jews become involved in pornography for reasons similar to why they become involved in Communism, which is to say, not just because they happened to be Jews but because being Jewish as they and Sabbatai Zevi and Wilhelm Reich defined it found logical expression in producing pornography as a form of cultural warfare through moral subversion.
'Jews who came to America,' Elliott Abrams writes, 'were usually. . . not the most devout people in their communities' anyway. The decline in faith and morals, however, did not mean that they stopped defining themselves as Jews. Socialism and sexual liberation simply filled up the religious vessels from which the Torah had evaporated.
...The Israelis have recently shown themselves well-versed in what one could call the military use of pornography. At 4:30 PM on March 30, 2002, Israeli military forces took over Palestinian TV stations when they occupied Ramallah in the West Bank, immediately shutting them down. What followed was a little more unusual. Shortly after occupying the Al-Watan TV station, the Israeli forces began broadcasting pornography over its transmitter. Eventually, according to a report from The Advertiser, an Australian newspaper, the Israelis expanded their cultural offensive against the Palestinian people by broadcasting pornography over two other Palestinian stations, the Ammwaj and Al-Sharaq channels. ... The simple fact of the matter is that this incident simply cannot be explained according to the principles available in contemporary American culture. In order to understand the disparity between the official explanation of pornography and what might be termed its military use, we have to go back to the ancients.
The story of Samson and Delilah might be a good place to start. Israel was invincible militarily then too -- at least that part hasn't changed -- so the Philistines decided that they had to get at the Israelite leader by other than military means. Unable to defeat him in battle, they decided to seduce him sexually. Once Samson succumbed to Delilah's wiles, he lost his power, and Israel lost its leader. They could find him then not on the field of battle, but rather to use Milton's phrase 'eyeless in Gaza, grinding at the mill with slaves.'
The story of the Palestinian TV stations broadcasting pornography has a curiously Biblical ring to it. Having learned their lesson, the Israelis decided to turn the tables on their opponents, because they knew that a blind opponent is no opponent at all, and because they knew -- as the ancient Greeks knew -- that lust makes a man blind. St. Thomas Aquinas, giving voice to that same tradition over a millennium later said that lust 'darkens the mind.' Suddenly, Israel's use of pornography in their battle against the Palestinians isn't so inexplicable anymore because a blind opponent is a weak opponent. A blind opponent is no opponent at all." http://www.culturewars.com/2003/rabbidresner.html
In his new book Jones says:
"Jewish chutzpah was displayed no better than when Al Goldstein, the Jewish publisher of
Screw, was asked by Luke Ford why so many Jews were engaged in trafficking porn. Goldstein’s
answer was: “The only reason that Jews are in pornography is that we think that Christ sucks.
Catholicism sucks. We don’t believe in authoritarianism” (p. 1056). But there is a more practical reason Jews dominate pornography, for it is a means to revolution. As even Luke Ford admits:
“‘Why does porn attract so many non-Jewish Jews?’ Because ‘even when Jews live in a society that welcomes them instead of harassing them, many Jews hate the majority culture.’ Pornography
weakens the majority culture by moral subversion. Jews often lead in the application of new technology. That meant using high resolution photography, the VCR, and the Internet to deliver
pornography just as it meant dynamite, forgery, and smuggling to bring down the Czar in Russia”
(Jones, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History, p. 1055).
Here are a few good quotes on Porn and Purity:
Just say No to Porn.
Say Yes to Love.
Pray, and see www.Dads.com
God made you to be free and happy.
Don't submit to the slavery of Porn.
Porn destroys souls, relationships,
marriages, and societies.
Pornography Is Moral Pollution (PIMP)
It pleases God.
is Sexual Assault.
"Fashions will be introduced which will
offend God very much." (Our Lady of Fatima, 1917)
Wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul, nor dwell in a body enslaved to sin. (Wis 1:4)You must no longer live as the Pagans do ... darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God ... Because of their hardness of heart, they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess. That is not how you learned Christ. (Eph 4:17-20)
Fornication and all impurity must not even be named among you, as is fitting among saints. Let there be no filthiness, nor impure talk ... Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure man ... has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them, 8 for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret. (Eph 5:3-8, 11-12)
Fornicators, Sex addicts, Perverts
will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. (Eph 5:5)
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire... On account of these the wrath of God is coming. (Col 3:5-6)
"More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh
than for any other reason. (Our Lady of Fatima, 1917)(See related articles on Fatima here at archive.org for the reason why.)
"Big Brother" wants you to be a sexually addicted slave to easier control you.
Please don't share your spiritual sickness with me--
Don't show me your Porn.
Don't tell me your dirty jokes.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. (Mt 5:8)
Pray. Be Pure. Be Happy.
Be Strong. Be Pure. Be Faithful.
Subject: Normal is what everybody regards as normal, but that doesn't mean it's good.
But NOT because the moral message in the film is off, but because we are now living in what for that Putnam guy must be the worst nightmare. I meen seriously the reason why you young guys (children propably :-) find the film ridicoulous is because all those things he is describing as so terrible have now become completely normal even to really young children. But does that make it good?
I mean serously (i live in europe) and ussualy when i walk down the streets, there are whores looking for customers even at day.
And their pimps look so scarry that it seems like one wrong look on my part could make them draw their knife.
So yeah look i am only 21 myself, and since i was like 5 i was constantly exposed to a society like that. Would you call that good? isn't that what Puttnam tried to warn us from?
So when i give this thing 5 stars now, i mean it.
Subject: You may have, Goatstones
Subject: Didn't I see this guy on FOX News the other night?
Subject: DOTH he protest too much?
Subject: Silly filmed lecture
Subject: My hat is off to you...
Subject: Perversion for Profit
"The military chaplains association of the United States, practically every major fraternal, civic and religious organization, the juvenile court judges, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, innumerable psychiatrists, sociologists, and psychologists attribute the moral decay among our people in very large part to the obscene and pornographic literature so prevalent in our society. This moral decay weakens our resistance to the onslaught of the Communist masters of deceit!"
I swear, thatÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs exactly what he says. With a straight face. Which is why the Prelinger Archives are such a godsend. TodayÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs conservatives are much more subtle, have much better speech writers and well-calibrated focus groups, but they hold exactly the same ludicrous ideas that are portrayed in this film. Still and all, my favorite part comes when Putnam decries pornography as ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂbig business,ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ doing ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂdirt for moneyÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs sakeÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ whoÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs the parlor pink now, comrade?
Putnam, standing in front of a map of the United States, notes, ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂWe know that once a person is perverted, it is practically impossible for that person to revert to normal attitudes in regard to sex.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ (No doubt a dig at Mrs. Putnam, who insists on keeping the lights *on*! Why, the nerveÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ) The result? Skyrocketing violent crime rates. Epidemics of venereal disease. Why, donÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt we recall that moral decay (along with gingivitis) caused the decline of sixteen of the nineteen greatest empires in world history, Putnam demands? Yes, it was all over for the Incans when the November issue of The Girls of Tiwantinsuya came out.
Funny how the prevelance of pornography has grown exponentially with the advent of the Internet, and yet violent crime rates in the United States are at or near 30-year lows. Funny, that. Especially considering the fact that, as Putnam explains in a long, dramatically read quote from a dimestore novella, kids killing old men just for kicks arises from the exact same libertine philosophy that permits the spread of ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂnewsstand filth.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ Whacking off to a Playboy? Might as well kill a cop while youÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂre at it, per Putnam. Only a matter of time.
Putnam rallies us to action: ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂThe law is our weapon.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂReport objectionable materials to the police.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ And to close, he exhorts, ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂOh God, deliver us, Americans, from evil.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
Courtesy of the Prelinger Archives.
Subject: Fun for me
Subject: Cure worse than the so called "disease"!
Another common theme you can see is the equation of homosexuality and paedophilia,an intensely harmful and untrue stereotype which gay men still have to fight today. This movie is still worth watching, and may even have some future relevance if the Republicans stay in the White House. Americans sexual and religious ideals are reverting back to the 50's quite quickly, maybe this would be a good field guide for what will be acceptable in the repressive future
Subject: Blind Nudist Colony
Subject: Thats HOT
Subject: The Human Zoo
I think its an unfair and ill-informed comparison. We know so little about the cultural aspects of pre-historic humans, let alone what their sexual norms may have been.
I'm sure its OK to judge our ancestors of 100,000+ years ago by the standards of one film announcer of the 1950's.
Subject: Jane's Addiction
The largest portion of underground, overseas, porn is commercial rape. Commercial rape is when the women in the film do not appear to be captive but really are due to human trafficing. The theme of the films are not rape, they just look like ultra serious, low budget eastern-bloc porn. Many of you who casually enjoy unpolished, seemingly ameturish foreign porn are watching women who are performing against their will, and told if they do not act like they want it, will never get their visa/passport/papers back. Without exciting language: you will masturbate to it, clean up, make a snack and return to your tax-paying. This person is like the sneaker-wearing citizen, who "thinks child labor is a bad thing and all" but really doesn't know that just after his pair rolled past the 10 year old boy's work station, the automated packaging system fouled and the kids arm came clean off, 4 inches above the wrist.
Subject: What a rip off!
Subject: Charles Keating
Charles Keating; the creep who stole billions
of dollars from people's savings accounts.
They're terrified of what amounts to watered-down Playboy magazines are doing to the culture. Really tame stuff compared to what you run into these days.
Subject: OMG 50's pr0n
Subject: Hmmmm ....
As a counterpoint to this film, though, I strongly recommend you watch "Empty Life" (also on the archives.) If my wife had as many headaches as this poor chap's, I'd be at the newsstand every day after work.
However, since it is clear that this aberrant literature may make all of society become transsexuals, I firmly recommend we abolish airflight and high-speed trains to stop the dissemination of this filth by the big-business, salacious bastards who profit from it.
I'm rating this film three stars because the paid model's nasty-bits were censored.
Subject: soup du jour
Subject: What a joke! A criminal protests porn!
Like most pinheaded conservative blowhards, host Putnam refuses to consider society's real ills (lack of employment and a living wage, underfunded public schools, domestic violence, racism, etc.) and uses pornography as a scapegoat in much the same way that Hitler blamed Jews for Germany's woes.
While it's true that pornography and promiscuity can become addictions, so can smoking, drinking, and gambling. Alcoholism and compulsive gambling and their effects are far more destructive to the family unit than pornography, yet you don't hear a word about those subjects. That's because these same conservatives like to sip on snifters of brandy at the country club while they bet on sporting events.
And let's not forget the damaging effects of religion. There's nothing like religion to inspire fear, ignorance, and intolerance. Over the centuries, more innocent people have been murdered in the name of religion than for any other reason. The Catholic Church alone has exterminated more people than Hitler and Stalin combined, but like Bob Dylan once sang, you don't count the dead when God's on your side.
Criticisms aside, I still give this film five stars for its camp value. It's a real hoot to watch this idiot Putnam rant and rave and interpret the meanings of pictures in dirty magazines in ways that make no sense whatsoever.
The bottom line is that regardless of what you believe about the subject of pornography, Perversion For Profit is a must-see on this site.
Subject: well, he's right
Subject: Preaching to the Choir
This film was probably not very persuasive except to an audience already inclined to despise all "loose morals" in the media, including mere coverage of Hollywood raciness in dress and romance. The people of the era this film was made for were not dunces merely because the prevailing standards of public candor at the time squelched most of the material depicted as unsuitable for minor and public display. The thinness of factual presentation about the actual harm of the literature would have mattered most.
Subject: The Other Side of the Stag Reels on This Archive
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: *** (sadly, these kinds of attitudes are not that unusual, in the 50s or even today). Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: *** (gets docked for being painful to watch).
Subject: A few questions...
Subject: Lynda Carter's breasts made Keating do it.
Subject: Natural curiosity will wreck you for life.
I too find myself preoccupied with the female breast, and increasingly so after watching this on a loop all night. I also have this urge to put tape on everything...
Intended to vilify the wretched peddlers of smut, it is actually erotic and engrossing. I tend to tune out the self-righteous gay-hater and indulge my own "abnormal and perverse" fantasies. Moral decay was never this fun.
Using the same pseudo-science that masturbation-hater O.S. Fowler invented in the 1880's, the narrator tells us that 75% to 90% of all smut eventually goes into the hands of "naturally curious" youth, and saps their life-giving morality. Isn't that the ultimate thread-killer? "It's aimed at our YOUTH!"
I tell ya, seeing that goat was tempting enough but then the scene with OBVIOUS lesbians makes me want to be one too. "Very few blind people join the NUDIST COLONIES... a young boy in Philadelphia raped and killed a 5 year old girl... reading a nudist publication..."
Too bad George Putnam and the Citizens for Decent Literature never got to read the 'vile' Hustler mag; you can probably find one at a nefarious 'delicatessen' where the sex deviants all hang out. Suggestion: stay away from 12-armed octopi. No reason.
Subject: I want 'dem magazines
Maybe the original pornuctiation really is BESTiality but I think BEASTiality is more fitting. It implies sex with a beast whereas BESTilaity implies a more favorable kind of sex, the BEST kind!!
Subject: Pronunciation for Profit
UPDATE 3 JUNE 2004
That's true, jjprodmast, in recent decades the "BEAST" version has become popular in this country and looks set to become the new standard American pronunciation. Modern dictionaries reflect this change. But at the time this movie was made, the only correct pronunciation (pornunciation?) was "BEST", as you can confirm for yourself by consulting dictionaries published before 1970. MediaWhore expressed amusement at the pronunciation "BEST", and I was pointing out that the speaker in the film is not mistaken, and in fact uses the original pronunciation, at that time and currently a correct form. My personal prejudice is against the "BEAST" pronunciation; it sounds ignorant. The adjective "bestial" has a short "e" and so should the noun. The British continue to pronounce both with a short "e". But the American language has chosen its own path.
Sounds like fun...
Subject: Hilarious film
Subject: Putnam lives!
Subject: Worship me! Join my dark legions! Become my willing thrall!
Subject: Essential Viewing for today's troubled Youth
Subject: Alternate Text
"Look at all these disgusting examples of pornography. Look at it! Look at all the perversion! Isn't it sick? Look! Don't tear your eyes away! Look at this erotic smut! Come on, look! Isn't it shocking? Look!"
"Hey, what are you doing looking at that stuff? Don't you know that stuff will make you perverted? What, do you want to become a sexual deviant? Stop looking! Stop it! Oh, now I'm going to have to spank you. Hard. It's for your own good. Now, on your knees and ask for God's forgiveness! And as long as you're down there..."
Didn't these people realize that they're just feeding the fantasies of those deviants with red rectangle fetishes?
I say it's a classic, with both sociological significance and laffs o' plenty. But then, I think sex is healthy, the human body is not shameful, and the far right is full of hypocrites, so what do I know...
PLUG: Please enjoy my sneaky little remix of this film here. Thanks for the idea Spuzz.
Subject: It's always been there
Subject: Who is he to tell us what's decent and what's not?
These conservative types (like Bush as well) go all out to proclaim how much they value freedom, but then say they are anti-gay and that things which they find "morally wrong" should be banned. Freedom of speech, thought, action and association is either complete or non-existant, you can't say, like our good neo-con Mr Putnam here: "I believe in banning this material to defend freedom from the Communist onslaught"
Besides, I thought these neo-con types belived in a completely free market, but it's obvious he condones cracking down of those who make a profit out of that sort of material. Not only is he a contemptible slimeball but what he says doesn't add up!
Subject: Putnam's Perverted Pals Please
Man, I could go on and on and on about this film, I've seen this at least.. I'll say 40 times. Ever since Rick came to town with his bag o' films and showed this heap of communism-feaaring mumbo-jumbo about perversion, I have been fascinated by this film. This is a film that I never get tired of watching, and is a complete joy to watch with audiences. From the titles "Citizens for Decent Literature!!" to the end, it captivates audiences like no other, and is one of the cornerstones of this collection. This is a MUST SEE on this site.. But you already know that.
Subject: Just another conservative creep
Another conservative creep trying to get all fingers to point as far from himself as possible so he can do the devil's work unnoticed. Newt's ancestor.
Subject: too right!
Subject: John Ashcroft would be proud
Subject: Godless Communist conspiracy?
Of course, the basic premise of this movie, that "Perversion [is now] for Profit" is hard to reconcile with perversion for the sake of communist revolution (communism for profit?), and absolutely no evidence is given to link the two. Somehow I doubt that the USSR or Mao's China were awash with dirty magazines, and the thought of KGB agents infiltrating the nascent adult entertainment industry is equally absurd. But if you don't like a number of things (communism, homosexuals, pornography, deviants), why not just lump them together as evil? Evidence be damned, unfortuately.
I'd like to see some Soviet realist-style smut, but will have to content myself with the quite extensive collection of vintage erotica in this film. I recommend this film for a historical view of pornography in the supposedly wholesome 1950s if nothing else.
Subject: Let's Hear It For Deviant Sex!
The porn of the '50s and '60s is much more exciting than the plastic barbie doll porn of today.
Especially good is the depiction of the pornographer as a fat, bald, cigar-chomping middle-aged man. The only thing missing was a Star of David medallion LOL. It's BIG business! It's a Jew conspiracy!
The repetition of "our Judaeo-Christian heritage" and references to "them" and "they" is a not so subtle implication of a non-Christian attempt at corruption, meaning a Jewish cabal against white, Christian, middle-American values, as if these were the only values worth defending.
The narrator seems to especially get worked up over the gay porn, he seems to have a special fascination with men who like men.
Thank god the internet now allows for the worldwide dissemination of all kinds of porn, it's come out of the back rooms of dingy newsstands and into our homes where it belongs!
Subject: It's Your Job to Screw Others!
Subject: Whacky Fun Old Christian Film
And of course the whole now debunked "communist scare" was invoked to heard the sheeple together to "fight this filth promoted by the depraved communists." lol.
Listen to the anti-porn crusaders today and then watch this film. Some things never change, including their same old irrational and illogical arguments.
Subject: Interesting Prediction come true
Subject: Absolutely Chilling
Speaking of George Putnam, the last time I heard that voice was in 1957, when he was on the Bob and Ray show selling Hamilton washers with the "perforated and extruded drum". Bob interrupted him and announced, "And now, Gene Krupa and his perforated and extruded drum!"
Subject: Prediction Correct
Men no longer know the difference between love and lust. The proof of what I say is in the newspapers everyday. Pro pornography forces said 40 years ago that more pornography and open sex would set us free and sexual assaults would disappear. It is obvious the pro sex people were wrong. Based on my reserach and personal interviews that the #1 reason for divorce today is sexual addiction. Men can't view pornography, visit strip bars and say they still respect women. Disrespect of women is the first sign that a man is heading for a divorce. Visit www.victimsofpornography.com and read the victims stories for yourself. Only those who are hooked on pornography could say this movie was not a prediction of where we are today.
Subject: You're too stupid to connect the dots!
And for the uninformed regarding the dangers of pornography, it is a fact that pornography addictions can be just as destructive as alcohol and drug addictions. If you disagree that's your choice, but you'd be wrong! There are countless articles on the matter. One of which was an article published in Fortune 500 magazine which discussed many wealthy CEO's who were on the verge of losing everything because all they do is surf the net for porn all day! You might just call them stupid, but if they were alcoholics, you might understand what their addictions are really doing to them!
To further make the point, if you came home to find your 12 year old son watching explicit hardcore porn movies on the internet, would you be upset? How could you be, after all you like porn! We should all have a little more porn! Hey, how about family night we rent some orgy videos! "Yeah!" shouts little Tommy, "Can we get the video where that guy f*&@s Fido the dog? That's my favorite!"
No, pornography is not the end of the world, but when you come home and find your neighbor f*&@ing your teenage daughter on your kitchen table; will you be intelligent enough to draw some conclusions as to what's happening in front of you and the moral decline of your lives and of society?
You might not like the video, and yes, I do have to agree that they didn't really cover much, but it should make you think about where society has gone! The explicitness and availability of pornography today makes the pictures in the video seem quite irrelevant. In fact, I've more sexually explicit material in daytime TV commercials!
My final word is this: Pigs don't know pigs stink! Take a look at the moral decline of society over the last 50 years and you should smell a stench. If you don't, you're one of the pigs!
Subject: I can't belive that many of you agree with this
Porn is a fact of life. Porn has alwyas been there.
Watching this movie just makes me laugh. So much false facts and misunderstandings about Human nature were present that one can't help but laugh. Yeah I have my moral standards but Back in the day people were too up tight about it.
Loosen up and enjoy
Subject: Very Telling Video
Western Culture has significantly changed in the last 50 years. So maybe this video is junk but I do wish my children grow up in a world where they are not "meat". Lust is still sin, its just we don't care anymore.
Subject: This is the real problem with the world today!
We know it is PROVEN that vast populations have been, literally, wiped out only from pornography and loose sexual morals. Countless children have starved and been exposed to diseases, simply because this putrid garbage distracted their parents and inspired them to abuse the weak and to withold nuturing and care. This NEVER happened to ANYONE in the 50's when evil porn was under control , you know!
The world's problems are NOT caused by tyrants, despots, and the blessed capitalists we all love, admire, and bow to in reverence! No sir! They create jobs and give us our daily bread! They are never wrong and they know what is best for us. They hate porn for its destruction too!
The world's problems are NOT caused by politicians who sacrifice so very much, via service, for our benefit and keep us safe from the big bad wolves that the media are so very kind to warn us about. Afterall, the monsters are right outside your door, ready to rape, pillage and loot you, your family AND your dog, (because of porn, of course).
And how did they get that way? You know it NOW you lucky soul! They were exposed to that evil, corrupting garbage called pornography! Yes sir, ample cleavege and endless naughty bits are known, scientifically, to be the ultimate inspiration of the most hideous of crimes and depraved behavoir. Nothing else in the world is so powerful an inspiration, as we all know. Did you know that Sadam Hussain has a 30,000 cubic feet of porn stored in his underground bunkers? Do you get it yet?
That's why we, the Parents Against Porn, PAP, have mounted a campaign to asure that video games keep going in the right direction to steer our blessed children away from Satan's tool. Since we KNOW the Truth, and it is CLEAR that violence NEVER killed anybody as PORN does, we know you know what the solution is.
We want all parents to march to their local video game distributor, or write them a letter, and tell them that we want MORE blood, gore, killing, FRAGGING, BOMBS!, DESOLATION< DESTRUCTION, (oops, getting a bit excited and carried away here, sorry) so that our children are really SAVED from the evils and debauchery of the immoral sexually explicit madness being deceptively portrayed as ENJOYMENT and natural bodily functions culminating in release! We MUST let them know that we are on to the obvious communist plot that uses disgusting nude body parts in all sorts of God-forbidden permutations and positions to DESTROY our youth and our country and our rights to be a priviledged group that gets what we want at the expense of the rest of the world, which God hath ordained!
Death is good, and pure, and wholesome and it prevents porn! Killing is next to Godliness and it does not matter what sex you are! Blood is the most beautiful spiritual lubricant ever and even perverts will bleed well with the right inpsiration.
Sex is a complete abomination to mankind and you can be sure that reproduction has very little to do with porn! It is exacly the opposite. The most satisfying reproduction is the most boring, a-sexual experience on Earth. You will have to experience to see! You don't know how fulifilling a sheet with a hole in it between you and your spouse can be! You don't know the ectasy of an arranged marriage for financial/political reasons because, to be frank, you have been denied them.
Please do what was commanded to you from ages past: Spoil the heck out of your children. Give them the drugs that are commanded unto them, makest sure thoust keep them totally dependant upon thee, and divert their eyes from the horribly disgusting naked human body and its FOUL copulations and make them see the profound illumination of decapitation, death, blood, famine, disease, nuclear war, pain and suffering, pillaging, mutilation, etc. As the truely wise amongst us already know, these are the REAL turn-ons in life and anybody who tells you otherwise is a Satanic Commuist.
Don't fall for bodily orifices and sordid moments of pleasure my beloved. Pain can last MUCH longer. Suffering can engulf a liftime. Death can be forever. Do you see why those moments of porn are our undoing now?
Stop war! Stop tyranny! Stop greed! Stop exploitation! Stop evil! How? Just use fire, nuclear bombs, censorship, whatever you can, to STOP PORN NOw! ... before its too late.
Subject: How did I not realize the level of filth!?
Subject: Now I Know
Publicity with truly lesbian implications.